King Salman receives dignitaries in Riyadh

King Salman receives Kingdom’s grand mufti, senior scholars, ministers and a group of citizens at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 31 December 2018
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King Salman receives dignitaries in Riyadh

The Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, senior scholars, ministers and a group of citizens called on King Salman on Monday to greet him.

The reception began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an.  The audience was attended by Prince Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdurrahman, Prince Saad bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz bin Turki, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz and a number of other senior princes.

Separately, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulated Sudanese President Omar Bashir on the anniversary of his country’s independence.

They wished the president good health and the people of Sudan progress and prosperity in all fields of life. They also commended ties between the two countries.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 18 July 2019
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.